Dade Agrees To Turn Over 1300 Biscayne To FDOT For Signature Bridge

Dade commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to turn over a 1.38-acre parcel at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard to FDOT, which needs the land to build a signature bridge.

The land swap will give FDOT the necessary clearance for the bridge. In exchange, FDOT will give Dade a similarly sized piece of land just west of the property, where the county hopes to build a parking garage for the Arsht Center.

A deed restriction will be placed on FDOT’s new land, preventing the agency from building a permanent building that will block views from the Arsht Center.

Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has been lobbying for a public plaza to be built on the 1300 Biscayne property.

The proposed land exchange will accomplish the following:
• Provide FDOT with sufficient clearance to reconstruct I-395 with the planned signature bridge;
• Preserve the view corridor at the front of the Arsht Center’s Ballet Opera House by restricting future building on Parcel 171. The proposed deed for Parcel 171 includes the following restriction: “No permanent building shall be erected on the Property so as to obstruct, impede or block the sightline and View from, to and of the Performing Arts Center;” and
• Provide a nearby County-owned location suitable for the development of a park for community use and parking to serve the Arsht Center

 

dade gets this land from fdot:

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Anonymous
5 years ago

I am so sick of the board members at the Performing Arts Theater whining about saving their precious view in front of the Opera House. They bitched and objected when the Miami Art Museum first said they were building in BiCentennial Park to not block their view of the water from the lobby. They bitched again when the Frost Science building said they were building in the park. And both those buildings were positioned and conceived withe the board members mandate about them losing their pretty little view. Now it’s another mandate with FDOT. Screw your view. It happens all the time when you build inland. The Performing Arts Two buildings location was an ill conceived choice in the first place when the Knight Foundation (Miami Herald) was still in the neighborhood and they in a selfish self serving move convinced Sears to give that land to the County to build the two Buildings there now and forced the architect to (Pelli) to come up with an inferior design that ensured that you dicks would never and should never expect a view to the water. The mess started when you all agreed on your ill conceived location and we ended up with an inferior design and now twenty years later your still dancing and bitching about it.

Marc305
5 years ago

I totally agree with you and I am also sick and tired of people wanting to put a park on every lot on the downtown Biscayne Blvd corridor. This land is too valuable for parks, the zoning permits sky scrappers and that is exactly what will be built there, maybe not in this cycle but eventually. Developers are not going to sink millions of dollars just so your hounds can have an area to run around on the weekends.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Seriously, there are enough (and severely underused) parks in CBD/A&E. Yet their density lags behind all the other markets in the urban core. Maybe if they actually started getting some buildings and density, people would use the parks?

I ride up from Rickenbacker to Midtown and find myself on Biscayne through CBD/A&E most weekend mornings and frequently take side trips through Bayfront and Museum Park. You know what I see? Tourists…that’s it.

Anonymous
5 years ago

museum park is the most poorly designed park i’ve ever witnessed. there are no reasons for people to come to it. the best parks have trails, workout areas, courts, etc. PLUS there is no shaded areas. the best parks in miami have some actual trees. palm trees are garbage.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Truth. Great place for a picnic or scenic view during a run/ride, but that’s about it.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

The weather has a lot to do with that. Many of us don’t walk anywhere, and need a reason to go to a park other than to run/jog. Public art, fountains, concerts or some other type of attraction. Many people know about the “kidney bean” sculpture in Chicago even if they haven’t been there. Kids love those “dancing water” things like Olympic Park in Atlanta. I think more people will use Museum Park once the two museums are fully functional AND the park is finished the way it was designed, not the treeless desert it is now.

IloveMami
5 years ago

Marc305, I agree about the sky scrapers, but what is wrong with at least adding some trees and a few bushes to empty lots. Even a bench or two would not hurt for now, at least not until the land is formally developed. There are great little open spaces in places like London, Paris, Rome and even NYC. That is why I support the idea of the small plaza in front of the theater where the parking lot is now. A skyscraper there really makes no sense. It would block the “signature” overpass (lets not call it a bridge because that term seems to offend so many here). Even the small lot directly east of this parking lot could be tied into the plaza design. A nice pair of green spaces acting as gateway from the arts/omni area to downtown core and visa versa. Think of the truly great cities of the world, (we have yet to become one) and you will realize that part of what makes them great, besides great architecture, are green spaces, specially with water features or public art. They don’t have to be giant spaces like Museum Park, but they should be consistent in scope and design.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

Wow! One of the best comments I have ever read in this forum. Right on point.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hope we can still get that Public Plaza with all the pretty greenery next to the bridge.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Bummer about the parking garage. Somehow the AA center has existed for a number of years without the garage. At a cost of $20,000+ a spot, parking garages are extremely expensive. I wish developers and government would focus more on TOD and less on auto development.

peej
5 years ago

Did you forget about the Bayside parking garage??

Anonymous
5 years ago

AA Center = Adrienne Arsht Center

Anonymous
5 years ago

AA center knows they don’t need a garage. The garage is so nobody can build around them. Wait until Miami continues to grow rapidly and becomes a concrete jungle like NYC and CHI. They are going to have to tear down that garage and someone with billions and influence will build right next to them. Could be in a couple of years or further down the line but it will happen.